9780415282277

The Field: Truth And Fiction in Sport History

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    9780415282277

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    0415282276

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The literature on sport history is now well established, taking in a wide range of themes and covering every activity from aerobics to zorbing. However, in comparison to most mainstream histories, sport history has rarely been called upon to question its foundations and account for the basis of its historical knowledge.In this book, Booth offers a rigorous assessment of sport history as an academic discipline, exploring the ways in which professional historians can gather materials, construct and examine evidence, and present their arguments about the sporting past.Part I examines theories of knowledge, while Part II goes on to scrutinize the uses of historical knowledge in popular and academic studies of sport history. With clear structure, examples, summary tables and a detailed glossary, The Field provides students, teachers and researchers with an unparalleled resource to tackle issues fundamental to the future of their subject, and sets the agenda for the debate to come.

Author Biography

Douglas Booth is Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Walkato, New Zealand.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
x
Prologue 1(4)
An introduction to sport historiography
5(18)
Models
7(6)
Explanatory paradigms
13(7)
Clarifications
20(3)
PART I Models
23(84)
Facts, objectivity and interpretation: truth in sport history
25(18)
Questioning the facts
26(5)
Validating historical truths
31(7)
Reconstructionism and questions of objectivity
38(2)
Conclusion
40(3)
Facts, concepts and structures: theory in sport history
43(19)
Reconstructionism: theory, agents, facts and concepts
44(4)
Constructionism: formal concepts, structures and theory
48(2)
Functionalism
50(3)
Structuralism
53(5)
The politics of theory
58(2)
Conclusion
60(2)
Narratives, non-narratives and fiction: presenting the sporting past
62(20)
Narrative in reconstructionist thought
63(4)
Non-narrative historical presentations
67(2)
Deconstructionism: the poetics of narrative
69(7)
History and fiction
76(4)
Conclusion
80(2)
Remnants of the past: sources, evidence and traces in sport history
82(25)
Official documents (and archives)
84(4)
Documents of mass communication
88(6)
Oral testimony (and memory)
94(4)
Visual materials: films and photographs
98(8)
Conclusion
106(1)
PART II Explanatory paradigms
107(103)
Advocacy: debunking myths
111(16)
Setting the record straight
112(6)
Advocacy, partisanship and objectivity
118(5)
The contexts and functions of sporting myths
123(3)
Conclusion
126(1)
Comparison: expanding the evidence
127(16)
Metaphorical allusions
130(3)
Systematic comparisons
133(5)
Post-binary comparisons
138(4)
Conclusion
142(1)
Causation: explaining determinants in sport
143(16)
A contentious and problematic paradigm
144(3)
Narrative and causation
147(3)
The `science' of causation
150(3)
Agents as causes
153(4)
Structures as causes
157(1)
Conclusion
158(1)
Social change: explaining transformations
159(19)
Systematic evolutionism: from traditional to modern sport
162(3)
Structuralism, from modern to late capitalist sport
165(8)
Relational structurism: making modern sporting culture
173(3)
Conclusion
176(2)
Context: interpreting the big picture
178(16)
The nature of context
179(4)
Problems of context
183(6)
A model for contextualisation
189(4)
Conclusion
193(1)
New culture: interpreting language and discourse
194(16)
Language and discourse: avenues of knowledge, truth and power
195(4)
Sport, cultural texts, narratives
199(3)
Epistemological issues
202(5)
Conclusion: returning to the present
207(3)
Epilogue
210(12)
Reflexivity
211(6)
Politics and the purpose of history
217(4)
Finale
221(1)
Notes 222(79)
Glossary 301(6)
Select bibliography 307(28)
Index 335

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